ZOETROPE’S AND LIFETIME FILMS’ BONJOUR ANNE,
STARRING ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE DIANE LANE
AND ARNAUD VIARD, WRAPS PRODUCTION
Oscar® Nominee and
Golden Globe® and Emmy® Winner Alec Baldwin
Also Appears in Drama
Written and Directed by Eleanor Coppola
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 14,
2015) – American
Zoetrope’s and Lifetime Films’ upcoming feature film Bonjour Anne,
starring Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Under
the Tuscan Sun) and Arnaud Viard (Que du bonheur), and featuring
Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe and Emmy® Award winner Alec Baldwin (Still Alice, 30 Rock), has
wrapped production in Southern France. Bonjour
Anne is targeted toward a festival premiere and theatrical release in 2016.
Emmy winner Eleanor Coppola’s (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse)
scripted directorial debut, the drama follows a woman (Lane) at a crossroads in
her life — in a long marriage with a driven successful, inattentive movie
producer (Baldwin) — who suddenly finds herself taking an unexpected car trip
from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business associate (Viard). What should be an uneventful seven hour
drive, becomes a two day carefree journey replete with diversions involving
picturesque sites, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance — reawakening
Anne’s senses and a new lust for life.
“American Zoetrope is a true pioneer in
cinema; and when the opportunity to work with Eleanor Coppola on this wonderful
story presented itself, it was a no brainer,” said Molly Thompson, Senior Vice
President, A+E Studios. “Bonjour Anne nicely ties into our
strategy to further expand Lifetime Films’ portfolio with quality motion
pictures that perform well on the festival circuit and theatrically.”
entirely in France, Bonjour Anne reunites Lane and American Zoetrope. She
starred in the company’s motion pictures The Outsiders, Rumble
Fish, Jack and The Cotton Club.
Coppola, who also wrote the
original screenplay, is producing Bonjour Anne with longtime
collaborator Fred Roos (The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now).
It is being produced by American Zoetrope and Lifetime Films in association with A+E Studios,
and also financed by Corner Piece Capital. Bonjour Anne is
executive produced by Molly Thompson of A+E Studios and Lisa Hamilton Daly, Rob
Sharenow and Tanya Lopez for Lifetime Films.
Elzévir Films provided
ICM Partners will represent the
North American rights through Bart Walker, while Protagonist Pictures is
handling international territories.
Tohokushinsha Film Corporation
will continue its longstanding relationship with American Zoetrope and invest
in the film, acquiring distribution rights in Japan and certain other Asian
territories. The legal duties on the film are handled by Hirsch
Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman, LLP, longtime collaborator with American
ABOUT LIFETIME FILMS
A division of A+E Studios,
Lifetime Films is dedicated to developing, producing and acquiring
female-focused independent movies. Recent Lifetime Films include Lila
and Eve, starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez, which premiered at the
Sundance Film Festival in 2015; and The Last of Robin Hood,
featuring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning, which premiered at
the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Lifetime Television®, LMN®,
Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment
Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint
venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
ABOUT AMERICAN ZOETROPE
American Zoetrope is a privately
run film company, founded in 1969 by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.
The company has produced not only the films of Coppola (including The
Godfather Parts II & III, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker’s
Dracula) but also George Lucas’s pre-Star Wars films (American
Graffiti, THX 1138), as well as many others by directors such as
Jean-Luc Godard, Carroll Ballard, Akira Kurosawa, Wim Wenders, Sofia Coppola,
Godfrey Reggio, and Walter Salles. Many of the most important directors,
writers, and actors of today began their careers with American Zoetrope.
Four films produced by American Zoetrope are included in the American
Film Institute’s top 100 films, and American Zoetrope-produced films have
received sixteen Academy Awards® and seventy nominations.
Throughout its forty-six year
history American Zoetrope has also been a pioneer in film technology,
introducing such innovations as previsualization, use of ethernet as a means of
film departments communicating, word processing for screenplays,
re-introduction of video assist, development of 5.1 stereo sound, early use of
electronic editing, and experimentation with high-definition video.
As a producer and technological
pioneer, American Zoetrope has created a body of work that has helped to shape
contemporary American cinema.
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